In Delhi’s foot­steps

Haryana drafts pro­pos­als for eco-friendly colonies

HT Estates - - HTESTATES - Van­dana Ram­nani

Haryana has drafted pro­pos­als for a pol­icy for planned de­vel­op­ment of low- den­sity, eco- friendly colonies lo­cated far away from ur­ban­is­able lim­its. The min­i­mum area re­quire­ment for es­tab­lish­ing such colonies shall be 100 acres.

“In­stead of al­low­ing spo­radic de­vel­op­ment of farm­houses, planned de­vel­op­ment of colonies with the fo­cus on eco-friendly de­sign prin­ci­ples would be a bet­ter op­tion,” the draft says.

The fo­cus of such colonies would be on in­cor­po­rat­ing the lat­est know-how of eco­log­i­cally sen­si­tive de­sign norms and ac­cord­ingly such cities may be termed as low-den­sity, ecofriendly colonies.

The pro­pos­als call for manda­tory in­stal­la­tion of so­lar farms for meet­ing all en­ergy re­quire- ments of the colony through so­lar en­ergy and es­tab­lish­ment of in­te­grated bio­gas fa­cil­ity aimed at ful­fill­ing en­ergy re­quire­ments for cook­ing gas and a com­post plant for ut­lis­ing biodegrad­able waste.

The min­i­mum area re­quire­ment for set­ting up such a colony shall be 100 acres, with plot size rang­ing from one acre to 2.5 acres. Base­ments shall be per- mit­ted to the max­i­mum ex­tent of build­ing foot­print but wa­ter closet and bath­rooms shall not be per­mit­ted. No swim­ming pools shall be al­lowed in any of the plots, says the draft.

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